Highway 12 a no-go this weekend – News – recordnet.com – California News

Highway 12 a no-go this weekend – News – recordnet.com – California News

Highway 12 in the Delta, one of the primary routes from San Joaquin County to the northern Bay Area, will be shut down entirely this weekend while crews continue work on a major project to realign the road.

The closure begins at 10 p.m. Friday and runs through 5 a.m. Monday, the California Department of Transportation said.

From Stockton, Highway 4 is a good alternative to access Contra Costa and Solano counties. Farther north, motorists could take Interstate 5 to Walnut Grove Road and cut over to Highway 160, which meets up with Highway 12 just east of Rio Vista. That’s a detour of about 45 minutes.

“We really do appreciate the patience of everyone,” Caltrans spokesman Skip Allum said. “Highway 12 is very well-traveled by the locals and the tourists. … I think everyone will be pleased with the result.”

Work on the $59 million project began in 2014 and isn’t expected to be completed until the middle of next year. This weekend, however, is the only complete closure of the highway that officials expect to implement, Allum said.

The section of highway in question is on Bouldin Island, from the Tower Park Marina area on the east to the Mokelumne River Bridge on the west. The 4.3-mile stretch of road is notorious for its skinny shoulders and cracked, slumping pavement, which is a result of the type of sand that was used beneath the asphalt when the roadway was first built.

The new highway will have full 8-foot shoulders as well as a concrete barrier in the median.

This weekend’s closure, however, is not limited to Bouldin Island. It will include all of Highway 12 between I-5 and Highway 160….

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